Tuesday 31 December 2013

Scots not welcome...?

So I went exploring Human Grandad's nursing home, and inspected the decor.

Book lovers might feel at at ease here...

But one would be concerned about any Scottish residents with high blood pressure*.

After checking up on HGD's new place, I went back to see how Human Granny was getting on. She looked a bit lonely, sat by herself at the dinner table, so I kept her company for a while.

And yes, this is the lace tablecloth of the famous 'Hamish and the scones' incident...

*Explanatory note from Gail: The enlarged black and white photo on the wall of Dad's nursing home will be familiar to UK based readers. It is the England football team celebrating their football World Cup victory in 1966, an iconic image for any English football fan alive in the 1960s. It is less popular in Scotland....


  1. Is it the 60s because of the ages of the residents; or was that the last time England beat Scotland....BOL!

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  2. Hari Om
    I see you're flying the flag... well, wearing the necktie at least, Bertie Lad!! Well done on keeping Granny company; I am sure your quiet and loving presence will have been very comforting.

    Wishing you and Gail the very very very best for Hogmanay and throughout 2014. Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  3. LOL we still chuckle over the scone incident. It really was the finest hour for Hamish. Have a terrific Tuesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  4. Oh oh..we don't know about hamish and the scone incident......sounds like trouble

  5. Wishing you a very happy and healthy 2014 Bertie.

    Molly, Taffy, Monty and Winnie

  6. We liked hearing about that picture. Happy New Year to you!

  7. WE well recall the SCONE Incident... you may need to Revisit it.. fur your newer Fans, Bertie.
    Happy NEW YEAR!!!

  8. I love the beautiful table cloth. Thank you for the tour Bertie

  9. Bertie,
    Of course, I don't know about this football match but I'm sure my peeps do, so, for the sake of their blood pressure, I will not be sending them to HGD's nursing home!
    Uh oh, I expect Gail had to enforce some table manners before you got near the lace cloth! Did you get to enjoy some scones?
    Pippa :)
    P.S. Looking very trendy in your tartan scarf!

  10. Scots always welcome here, Bertie. Love to you and Gail on this last day of 2013, which we will be happy to see depart!

    Joan and Just Harry

  11. We love Scots! Happy New Year! Lee and Phod and their Lady

  12. Uh-ohhhh, we will HAVE to go read up on the SCONES Incident!!

  13. Hi Bertie,

    I am glad you were able to visit both of your grandparents. So important as they get older. Hope they both found some comfort by your visit.

    P.S.: How about you meet me at the bar for a pint ...Puddles is bar-tending so we might get some free drinks.


  14. Bertie I'm so glad you were able to visit with and check on HGD. HGM is probably looking at the tablecloth remembering Hamish and his scone. You are most handsome sitting by her
    Hugs Madi your bfff

  15. Love yer scarf, Bertie! You look so festive! Happy New Year....stay safe!
    Bonnie n Kenzie

  16. Happy New Year, Bertie.
    You should hang up some pictures of YOUR smiling face in that home. Win-Win

  17. Bewtie, I'm sowwy youw gwannie is lonely, i'm shoowe you awe able to give hew a smile and not feel alone though..ummm, Bewtie, I took the libewty of having Gussie bwing you hewe on his way to go suwpwise Mommi and Daddi when they go to the Opewa Newyeaws Eve by all of us pawfowming in act two of Die fledewmaus..I am hoping thewe might be sum mouse poop to woll in, but Mommi says I'm being silly
    smoochie kisses

  18. Oo sounds like you had a good day with the grandparents. Hny 2014!

  19. Did I see a book entitled "Explosives" there? Hope HGD and his pals don't try some experiments.


    1. Believe me, there is nothing my Dad, the former research chemist, would enjoy more!
      Cheers, Gail.

  20. Bertie, sounds like you did some good visiting over the holidays. I know both Human Grandad and Human Granny enjoy seeing you. Happy 2014.

  21. Wait One Second Scots Not Welcome. Well I am an American Scot so there. Stopping by to wish you a Very Happy 2014 New Year.
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot

  22. Hiya Bertie, I'm happy that you got to spend some time with HGD and HGM..... hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year!

    Tail Wuggles, Rubie xxx

  23. Are you seriously trying to tell me that the tablecloth from the scones incident is still getting used? Shouldn't it be on display at the Tate Britain?

    Speaking of the Tate, have you heard the news? They discovered a new version of William Dyce's "Madonna and Child" (http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/dyce-madonna-and-child-t00618) featuring my great-great-great-...-grandmother. As soon as I get some help with the keyboard I'll post more info on my blog. :)

    Regarding the 1966 World Cup, it never occurred to me that England's victory would have had such repercussions in your country. Duh...